Interior Details
of the
Jesse Mustain House

By Susan Kottwitz, 2002.

The first floor of the colonial portion of this house was constructed circa 1750 and is built of fieldstone, most of it probably gathered from nearby Stinking River.  These walls are 18" thick and are a double row of stone.  Remnants of the hand hewn, pegged construction remain, including the original 1750 summer beam.  The second and third floors are timber frame, built in the 1770's.   The south two story wing was constructed circa 1900.

Over 3,000 total square feet

Foyer   8'3" x 16'4" 

Living Room   15'10" x 16'4"

Formal Dining Room   15' x 18'

Kitchen   15'6" x 18'

Office   8'8" x 15'

Mudroom   8'8" x 15'

Laundry   6'6" x 8'8"

Bath   8' x 8'3"

 

Master Bedroom   15' x 18'

Bedroom #2  15'6" x 18'

Bedroom #3   15'10" x 16'4"

Hallway   8'3" x 16'4"

Sitting Area   6' x 18' 

Bedroom #4 / Sewing Room   14'6" x 20'

Bedroom #5 / Studio   16'6" x 14'6"

Bath   8' x 8'3"

 

First Floor

Jesse Mustain House

Foyer

Step past the new Larson insulated full view storm door and the etched glass walnut front door into a welcoming foyer.  This is part of the addition to the house built c.1900.  To the left you will enter the oldest portion of the house through an 18" thick stone wall doorway which retains its early 19th Century doors.  Straight ahead is the oak stairway leading to the 2nd floor.  To the right is the Living Room.  Natural pine floor. Closet under staircase.


Living Room

Jesse Mustain House

Floor to ceiling custom built bookcases line one wall punctuated by a fireplace with antique mantle, ceramic tile surround and threshold, and gas logs.  Natural oak floor.  Lovely east sunlight.  French doors lead to an arbor covered flagstone patio (8' x 10') with wisteria.  Painted wainscot and wall coverings.


Formal Dining Room

Jesse Mustain House

Stone walls on three sides make for a special ambience, especially when using the dimmer on the lovely solid brass chandelier.  Original summer beam is visible though the beamed ceiling has been plastered.  Original fireplace / box was closed in the 1800's after an earthquake cracked the capstone.  Charming  parlor stove adds to the atmosphere. Natural pine floor.  A small original colonial era door with original hardware leads into the office.


Kitchen

From the Foyer or the Dining Room, cross the small hallway (perfect for a small art gallery or displaying other collections) into the kitchen.  Custom built cabinets with tons of storage and work space.  Upper cabinets have glass doors.  Lower cabinets have roll-out bottom shelves.  Work station lighting and several hidden electrical plug-in strips make for easy kitchen duty.  Solid oak countertops.  Kohler white porcelain extra deep sink.  Kenmore (Whirlpool) dishwasher less than two years old.  Kenmore refrigerator with glass shelves and icemaker.  Large island (4' x 5') with marble countertop; pantry storage; GE built in self-cleaning oven less than two years old; and open shelves with colonial detailing.  shelves could be removed for bar seating for two.  Breakfast area by the original 6 over 6 with much hand blown glass window overlooking the back yard and gazebo.  Natural stone wall on one side, wallpaper on another.  6 panel etched glass door leads to mudroom.  Louver bi-fold doors lead to furnace room / closet.  Phone jack.  Natural pine floor.

Office

Natural afternoon sunlight makes a great atmosphere in this hardworking space.  6 over 6 window.  Triple phone jacks.  Painted pine floor.  Newer sheetrock on the two exterior walls.

Mudroom

A Victorian back porch converted to a mudroom.  Painted concrete floor;  one stone wall; siding on two walls;  triple windows and wallpaper on the fourth exterior wall.  To the north is the back door with insulated storm door and walnut etched glass exterior door leading to a very old stone patio (9' x 14') and flagstone path to the gate.  To the east is the laundry room.

Laundry Room

Washer and dryer hookups with open cabinets above on one wall.  Facing wall has hanging storage space, as well as full set of upper and lower cabinets with a stainless steel double sink.  Ceramic tile countertop and ceramic tile on the wide window ledge perfect for flower pots in front of the east facing original 6 over 6 window.  The home's second hot water heater (electric) is hidden behind louvered cabinet doors. 

Bath

This bath has a ceramic tile shower with chrome & glass door, vintage porcelain sink with chrome legs and vintage beveled mirror.  Walls are painted wainscot and wallpaper.  Floor is carpet and ceramic tile.  Lovely chrome wall sconces, ceiling light with heat and power vent.  Ample linen storage and LP gas water heater behind louvered doors.  Small antique 2 over 2 window with some blown glass and eastern sunlight.

Second Floor

Hallway

The stairs from the foyer lead to a large second floor hallway that joins the old colonial and the Victorian portions of the house.  Custom built closets line one long wall (floor to ceiling) providing more than ample closet space for the Master Bedroom, as well as linen storage.  Oak floor.  Original 6 over 6 window.

Sitting Area

Stepping into the colonial portion of the house leads into the charming sitting area which adjoins the Master Bedroom and Bedroom #2 which receives lovely natural light from the original 9 over 9 window with blown glass panes.  Original painted heart pine wainscot featuring hand carved details and full 24" center boards.  Original hogs hair and mud plaster walls in excellent condition.  Painted heart pine floor.

Master Bedroom

Original painted heart pine wainscot and chair rail with hand carved details and full 24" center boards.  Fabulous, large, very ornate original hand carved  (7' wide x 66" tall) mantle - looks like a wedding cake!  Original hogs hair and mud plaster walls in excellent condition.  9' ceiling.  Two original 9 over 9 windows with mostly blown glass panes.  Painted heart pine floor.  Phone jack.  This, in addition to the adjoining sitting area, was originally the main social room.  Lovely, mellow afternoon sunlight.

Bedroom 2

Also in the colonial portion of the house with many of the same features as the Master Bedroom.  Original heart pine wainscot and woodwork in all its natural pine glory!  Hand carved details and full 24" center boards.  Check out those growth rings!  Highly detailed, hand carved heart pine mantle (6' wide x 5' tall).  Original hogs hair and mud plaster walls in excellent condition.  9' ceiling.  One original 9 over 9 window with mostly blown glass panes;  one 6 over 6 window, also with mostly blown glass panes.  Built in bookshelf.  Phone jack.  Very large closet with door original to the house with hand carved latch (for drawstring), keeper, and HL hinges.  Complete with the old cat hole.  Inside the closet, in the very back is a small secret compartment where original occupants hid their valuables from the tax enumerators!  This room was originally the dining room;  the closet was originally a stairway to the first floor kitchen.  This room is currently used as a sitting room / den.

Bedroom 3

In the Victorian portion of the house is this romantically pleasant room with both east and west sunlight.  Original 6 over 6 windows.  Painted wainscot with wallpaper and crown moldings.  Closet with built in shelf storage in addition to hanging space.  Ceiling fan.  Phone jack.  Oak floor.  Attic access.

Bath 2

This bath features an antique claw foot bathtub with romantic solid brass reproduction Victorian shower.  Sink is white china set in an antique walnut server.  Walls are painted wainscot and wallpaper. Crown molding.  Floor is carpeting.  Brass wall sconces;  ceiling light with heat and power vent.  Ample linen storage behind louvered doors.  Small antique 2 over 2 window with east sunlight.

Third Floor

Bedroom 4 / Sewing Room

This bedroom has its own private staircase from the sitting area adjoining the Master Bedroom and Bedroom #2.  Original to the house, balusters are hand carved, as is the newel.  Original hand carved heart pine chair rail.  Original hogs hair and mud plaster in excellent condition.  Two original small 2 over 2 windows.  Painted heart pine floor.  This was originally the children's bedroom.

Bedroom 5 / Studio

This room has its own private staircase from Bedroom #2.  Original hand carved heart pine chair rail.  Original hogs hair and mud plaster in excellent condition.  Two small original 2 over 2 windows on either side of the fireplace.  Simply hand carved painted heart pine mantel.  Painted heart pine floor.  This was originally the master bedroom.


Note: The above description was prepared in 2002 when the property was offered for sale.


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